Riverside County deems RV parks essential businesses

RV parks are considered essential businesses and are exempt from the recent order issued by Riverside County limiting short-term lodging for COVID-19 response. 

A recent order issued by Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser limiting short-term lodging for COVID-19 response does not apply to recreational vehicle (RV) parks.

The March 27 order, which included short-term home rentals, hotels, and motels, is only for vacation rentals reported to county officials.

“The order was directed at lodging establishments that were still booking rooms for visitors,” Kaiser said. “I don’t want to see additional homelessness during this crisis, and we know people rely on RV parks for a safe place to be.”

RV parks are considered essential business operations because they provide valuable and necessary housing options during the COVID-19 crisis. Limited activities allowed under the order included providing lodging to protect the homeless population or for essential workers. Providing lodging for anyone who must leave their home to safely isolate from other family members, or family members displaced due to someone self-isolating at home, are also permitted under the order.

“Now isn’t the time to visit Riverside County. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 means folks need to stay put in their own neighborhoods,” Kaiser said in a March 27 news release. This order is in conjunction with Governor Newsom’s order to stay at home issued on March 19, the County of Riverside local health emergency declared on March 8, as well as the local emergency proclaimed on March 10.


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